Joey himself often talks about his approach to hitting as a "process swing." He is the opposite of bad ball hitters like Frazier and guess hitters like Stubbs. That is usually to his credit, but it also makes him less likely to suddenly burst out with multiple homer games like Bruce. It is an ebb and flow with Votto, a series of steps in a disciplined way. That's what makes him great, but it is also what makes his down periods a slowish burn. It's like every time he comes to the plate, it is part of a larger self-tutorial based on a scheme.
Just a thought.